Almanac Poetry – That Great Last Saturday In September 2005



Almost ten years have passed since that glorious day

When we went to the G to have our say

We’d waited so long, 72 years in fact

That so few believed we could give it a crack



We ran through the banner, Two Cities One Team

With Bloods new and old – Together – Living The Dream

We wished and prayed that our dreams would come true

To witness a miracle seen rarely, by so few



We’d waited too long since ’33 – our last win

When most of us Bloods were yet to be seen

Our South years since then had not seen success

Our life-blood was drained and we were a mess



So they sent us to Sydney – to save us they said

And to hope that our great game of footy would spread

It did for a while for those north of the border

But nothing much happened except much disorder



We fought and fought and fourteen years later we made it

To the top of the ladder, showing plenty of grit

We played in the Grannie and proved we’d arrived

Though ’96 would leave us oh so sadly deprived



Roosey took over to the cheers of Bloods old and new

And we knew we could make it if we stuck like glue

We lost in the Prelim to the Lions in ’04

But we dreamed of success, wanting more and more



’05 arrived and we finished third on the ladder

We played the Eagles in Perth but ended up sadder

Until Nick kicked those four goals – a miracle indeed

Getting us to the Prelim against those Saints with speed



Oh how we smashed them, no-one thought we could do it

We showed ’em, we proved it, we had that Bloods spirit

Seven goals in the last to their zip – what a quarter

We made it to the Grannie – oh my god what a snorter



We arrived in our thousands, red and white to the core

To see our champions strut their stuff and put foot to floor

We fought and we fought and our dreams were high

And we all stuck together after each nerve-tingling sigh



Amon put us in front with not too long to go

Followed by cries of oh god, oh shit, oh hell NO

Please Bloods, please do it for all of our sakes

Oh Leo you star, Oh how our hearts ache



That day will be remembered as our greatest victory

We laughed and we cried and remembered our history

We did it, we did it, Sydney and Melbourne together

Go the Mighty Bloods, we’re joined as one – forever





Jan Courtin



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About Jan Courtin

A Bloods tragic since first game at Lake Oval in 1948. Moved interstate to Sydney to be closer to beloved Swans in 1998. My book "My Lifelong Love Affair with the Swans" was launched by the Swans at their headquarters at the SCG in August 2016.

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